Health Disparities

The topic of health disparities is exhaustive. Every inequality in any aspect related to health is part of health disparities. This includes examples like: higher prevalence of diseases in certain ethnic groups, limited access to healthcare by those of a lower socioeconomic status, malaria existing in developing countries, but being almost non-existent in developed countries, whether a person has access to healthy food based on the neighborhood they live in. The examples are endless. Awareness is a huge part of reducing and eliminating disparities. After all, you can’t do much about something that the general population doesn’t know exists or doesn’t find an issue with.

I think that infographics are a great way to catch a person’s eye and inform them at the same time. They are a fun (or profound) way of drawing attention and awareness to important topics. Below are two examples of infographics that are related to health disparities/health topics.

If you click on the pictures it will take you to the original link where you can zoom in to view it in greater detail.

From: Center for American Progress website. Article: Cuts to Community Health Centers Harm Communities of Color the Most.

From: Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

I would also like to share a resource that I found when doing some research on health disparity initiatives for my Theory of Health Behavior class. It is an initiative and research program called Global HealthShare (GHS) initiative and is through the Center of Excellence for Nutritional Genomics at the University of California at Davis. They are focusing on eliminating disparities between developing and developed countries and try to make all improvements as sustainable, affordable, and environmentally friendly as possible. I suggest taking a look at their website and the current programs they are working on, they are really great.

Click the picture below to visit their site:

Social and Behavioral Core

After learning a little more about the social and behavioral aspects in public health, which is my MPH concentration, there are a few resources I would like to share.

First is I want to share two videos on health educators. It is common for people to envision health educators in the role of health class teachers in schools. However, this is only one of many settings a health educator can work as a professional.

I think these videos do a great job of displaying what health educators do, and who they are.

Another important aspect of public health, as a student, and as someone who will soon be entering the field as a professional, is the job outlook. I am interested in whether this field is growing and if it is expected to have available jobs in the coming years. After reviewing some articles in class, I went on a search of my own and found this great resource:

Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook: Health Educators

This website gives a detailed look at health educators including: median pay, education needed for an entry-level job, and then gives more details on what health educators do, where they work, how to become one and so on. This screen print gives a quick peek at what information is available to you on this page. There are also pages for hundreds of other jobs in all sectors. I think this is a great place to learn some basic knowledge on any job that you might be considering.